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Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Ministries

TBM trains volunteers and coordinates efforts to provide prompt assistance to disaster victims and emergency support in times of disaster. TBM has been involved in Disaster Relief in Texas and around the world since 1967.

Disaster Relief ministry includes (click on each one for a description):

 







Asset Protection

The purpose of this security unit is to "keep the peace" so others can minister and witness to others in their time of need. The primary duty of the asset protection security unit it to assist in preventing loss of property, prevent tampering or contamination of food and equipment, and to preserve the safety of those whom God has  called to service at a Texas Baptist Men emergency task force disaster relief site. 







Box Ministry

The box unit began in 2006 and provides storage equipment for folks to pack belongings and remove or store their possessions following a disaster. TBM maintains approximately 6,000-8,000 boxes year-round. TBM has one trailer and a mobile storage container full of supplies such as boxes, tape and other packing supplies. 






Chainsaw Unit

Men and women who work on the Disaster Relief chainsaw teams serve the Lord by cutting limbs and trees which have fallen on someone's home or property. By cutting these limbs, they become a manageable size for disposal. It is our pledge to do our best using the specialized equipment provided to us and the skills we have developed, to help those who have been harmed by disasters and emergencies whenever possible.  




Chaplains

Chaplains provide spiritual and emotional care to deployed unit volunteers, and other persons impacted by disasters.






Childcare

TBM operates two Disaster Relief childcare units. Both trailers are equipped with supplies to set up a fully functional daycare for newborn children through age 7. The ministry is a channel of God's love to a community that is trying to recover to an ordered lifestyle following a disruption in their lifestyle, ranging from a single-family disaster to a near catastrophic disaster. May we continue to be servant-minded, modeling servanthood as Jesus did when he washed the feet of the disciples. 






Clean Out Units

TBM has eleven cleanout units around the state. These units can support 300+ trained volunteers. The units have equipment to assist disaster victims of floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters. The purpose of the cleanout ministry, in addition to cleaning homes and job sites, is to always reflect the love that Christ showed us, to attract and motivate people to Kingdom work, equipping workers and leaders with skills and information to do cleanout recovery, offering a "cup of water" in Jesus' name (spiritual, emotional and physical help). 





Communications

 Communication Units provide communication services when normal communications methods such as cell phones are absent or in-adequate. Communications specialize in conveying messages by any means from courier to computers to radios.






Heavy Equipment

The men and women who work in the Disaster Relief heavy equipment ministry are there to support/aid other units, mainly chainsaw and cleanout. We can work as a stand-alone unit if the situation warrants. We define heavy equipment as any motorized equipment that lifts and /or moves trees, people and material or debris. In addition to the heavy equipment work, we share the Gospel and pray with families of each project as the Holy Spirit leads. 




Mass Feeding

TBM cooks and serves a hot meal for those affected by disaster. We work with the state of Texas, FEMA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and local churches to accomplish this goal. We maintain 15 mobile kitchens across the state, these units can prepare up to 100,000 meals a day if needed. The objectives of the mass feeding unit is to show God's love by our Christian actions, to meet physical needs by providing a hot meal in Jesus' name, and meeting emotional needs through prayer or a listening ear. 






Shower/Laundry

TBM is affiliated with 12 shower/laundry units across the state. Each unit is owned and operated by a Baptist church or Association. During times of disaster, this ministry provides hot showers and clean clothes for storm survivors as well as TBM volunteers and other disaster relief agencies such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA and the National Guard. During non-disasters, shower/laundry units are used in church mission trips, secular sporting events (bicycle and marathon races) and in homeless ministry. By meeting physical needs, these units also have the opportunity to meet spiritual needs. 







Temporary Roofing

A blue tarp provides temporary protection for roof damage caused by disaster. This is a tangible reminder that God's love covers and protects all our needs. (See Psalm 105:39). 





Water Purification

 Water purification units provide equipment to purify non potable water into water suitable for cooking and drinking.






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